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Rowlinson Rainbow News


To all our clients, we hope that you are well and staying safe. We will be operating a DROP OFF SERVICE at the OFFICE every TUESDAY and THURSDAY 09:30 till 11:30 from Tuesday 28th March 2020 Until Further Notice. THIS SERVICE IS ONLY FOR CLIENTS TO DROP OFF ANY PAPERWORK.

Temporary Office Opening Times

To all our clients, we hope that you are well and staying safe. We will be operating a DROP OFF SERVICE at the OFFICE on these following dates and times: Friday 17th April 2020 - 9.30am till 11.30am Tuesday 21st April 2020 - 9.30am till 11.30am Thursday 23rd April 2020 - 9.30am till 11.30am THIS SERVICE IS ONLY FOR CLIENTS TO DROPP OFF ANY PAPERWORK. If you need to speak to us for advice or...

DWP summary of Employer Support for Covid 19

We are proud to be a disability confident employer....

Radcliffe Regeneration Project

The council has announced that an investment fund will be set up to boost Radcliffe town centre. A total of £170,000 has been approved, with £100,000 going to help with sprucing up shop fronts in an improvement scheme.

Businesses are Given a 3 Month Extension to File Accounts with Companies House

Businesses from the 25th March 2020 will be able to apply for a 3 month extension for filing their accounts. The initiative between Government and Companies House mean that Companies will be able to prioritise managing the impact of Coronavirus.

Business Support

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees.

Deferral of VAT payments

The Chancellor announced that VAT payments will be deferred to support businesses with cashflow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses with a UK VAT registration have the option to defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June and businesses will have until 31 March 2021 to pay any VAT deferred.

Coronavirus helpline – offering a better experience

Coronavirus helpline – offering a better experience Our updated helpline number to support customers impacted by coronavirus is 0800 024 1222 and is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Information for self-employed workers

Following last night's announcement self-employed workers will be able to claim grants of up to 80%, capped at £2,500 per month. You will qualify if your last 3 tax returns showed an average self-employed income under 50k.

Latest information on Furlough Workers

Latest information regarding Furlough Workers The Government have now provided this information, regarding the reimbursement of your wages.

Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started

Office Update

Good afternoon to all clients, unfortunately due to the current Coronavirus outbreak we are adhering to the Governments guidance and are no longer working from the office. We are all now working from home and if you need to contact us then please drop us an email or ring the office phone number 0161 725 9812, which will divert calls to staff mobiles. Please keep yourselves safe and we will...

Update to office opening times.

As from 9am tomorrow morning our office door will be locked and we are asking for all our clients to contact us on the office phone number 0161 725 9812 before you make the journey.

Coronavirus: Chancellor prepares wage package rescue plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to announce an employment and wage subsidy package to try to protect millions of jobs.

Please see below the Government Hotline Numbers available for advice.

Business Support and Ventilators: 0300 456 3565 HMRC: 0800 015 9559 Universal Credits: 0800 328 5644 School Closures: 0800 046 8687 NHS: Only call 111 if you can not get help online at 111.nhs.uk

Government agrees measures with energy industry to support vulnerable people through COVID19

Proposals agreed to ensure vulnerable customers who may fall into debt remain supplied with energy while in self isolation.

Guidance COVID19 Support for Businesses.

The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

COVID19 Guidance Support for Employees

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See the stay at home guidance for more information)

COVID19 Guidance for Employers and Businesses

This guidance will assist employers, businesses and their staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Government has announced a number of measures to help people and businesses to deal with COVID-19

? “The Government has announced a number of measures to help people and businesses to deal with COVID-19 / Coronavirus. The current position, as updated for announcements made yesterday (17 March 2020) is summarised below.”

Government anouncement - Grants available for certain Businesses

Grants will be available for certain businesses and more details will follow next week. There will be restrictions, but grants will be based on rateable value. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19 for information relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus for employees employers and businesses

If you are an employer or a business owner we encourage you to read and follow the guidance for employers and businesses on GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-employees-employers-and-businesses


In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we would like to inform our clients that for the time being we are open for business as usual. We are taking guidance from the Government and advising that non-essential travel ie: face to face appointments be kept to a minimum. Telephone appointments can be arranged.

Barclays Scale Up UK Programme. Do not miss out application deadline midday on 17th March 2020.

Are you an SME with growth potential? Would you like to enhance your operation, develop leadership capabilities and strengthen financial literacy? If so, the Barclays Scale-Up UK programme may support you to reach your ambitions and potential (subject to a successful application).


To register for your free ticket and find out more about the Employer Roadshow, go to https://roadshows.citbevents.co.uk/home

Last date to pay any self-assessment tax owing for 2018-2019

Last date to pay any self-assessment tax owing for 2018/19 before an automatic 5% late payment penalty applies.

Our Christmas Opening Times

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, followed by a peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year.


Here at Rowlinson Rainbow we are holding a raffle in aid of BURY HOSPICE. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a goodie hamper and chocolate/wine prizes, raffle tickets are available at £1.00 each.

Macmillan coffee morning announcement

It is our pleasure to announce....


At 11.00am on Monday, 11th November 2019, we would like to honour our brave servicemen and women from conflicts past and present by pausing for 2 minutes.

Sharon was our well deserved winner of Place the Cherry on the Gateau competition

Sharon was our well deserved winner of "Place the Cherry on the Gateau" competition which we ran as part of our successful Macmillan Coffee morning fundraising event.

Natalie was our well deserved winner of the Berry Good Guess competition

Natalie was our well deserved winner of the "Berry Good Guess" competition which we ran as part of our successful Macmillan Coffee morning fundraising event on 27th September 2019.

The introduction of a VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction has been delayed by 12 months and will now be implemented on 1 October 2020.

To help businesses get ready in the next 12 months, HMRC will continue to work closely with the construction sector to raise awareness and provide additional guidance and support to ensure all businesses will be ready for the new implementation date.

Winning cake entry

Our Macmillan coffee morning held on 27th September was a fabulous success....

Macmillan Morning well under way

Our Macmillan coffee morning is well underway....

Macmillan Coffee Morning this Friday 27th September

During our upcoming coffee morning on 27th September.....

We are very proud to announce that we are now a Disability Confident Employer

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

A business that breached money laundering regulations has been hit with a record fine by HMRC.

Money sender fined record £7.8 million in money laundering crackdown. The fight against money laundering has taken a significant step forward today as HM Revenue and Customs announces a record fine against a London business for breaching strict regulations.


It was a real pleasure to have Sam on board when he joined us for a brief work experience session on one of our occasional Saturday mornings in the office.

Quickbooks Workshop Saturday 28th September 2019

Need some help with QuickBooks then come and join us for a workshop run by our very own Matthew Rainbow.

Quickbooks Workshop Saturday 31st August 2019

If you feel you need some help with QuickBooks....

HMRC resists penalising MTD late filers

One in four companies failed to comply with new Making Tax Digital (MTD) filing rules by the deadline of August 7th, the Times reports, but HMRC has said it will show leniency as businesses may be "fully focused" on preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

We are supporting Macmillan by joining in with the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on 27th September 2019.

We are supporting Macmillan by joining in with the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on 27th September 2019. Please call in and join us for a cuppa, cake and chat and help us raise awareness and funds for this incredible fundraising event.

The Peoples Pension News - Scammers want your clients money

Anyone can fall victim to pension scams. People can lose contributions made up over many years. Don't be one of those people.

Sam has been a big help around the office

Sam has joined us for work experience and has spent the last four days getting a taster of life in the office...

We need you! If you haven’t registered for your free place at the CITB Employer Roadshow, then what are you waiting for?

Our free industry-shaping event has been designed specifically with you in mind. It’s packed with localised content, including inspirational talks from employers and up-to-date information about projects in your area. And it’s more interactive than ever before, so you can get involved, ask questions and share your thoughts.

Disability Confident - Celebrating diversity at work

If you are a local business wanting help with thinking differently about recruitment then this maybe the uplifting morning that you need.

Cycle to Work Day - Thursday 8th August 2019

Join in the Uk’s biggest cycle commuting event. It’s your chance to join other enthusiastic riders to celebrate everyday cycling.

Contractors operating CIS - new VAT reverse charge on building and construction services

Are you a contractor or an employment business operating the Construction Industry Scheme?

Help your employees make school holidays easier with Tax Free Childcare

It is that time when many employees request time off...


Criminals are scamming businesses out of money by posing as regular suppliers and tricking them into changing supplier bank account details

Free GDPR Employer Workshop

Bury College are offering a free employer workshop...

Support from HMRC

Are you new to being self-employed - HMRC have Webinars that are aimed at anyone new to being Self-employed. It shows record-keeping, business expenses and budgeting for your tax bill.

Morcambe Bay Walk

Good luck to our colleague Adele and her dad who have signed up for a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Family time at Italia Mia

A nice news item to end the short working week...

Government help with childcare costs

Tax free childcare places helps working parents who are employed and self-employed.

Bury Means Business Breakfast Meeting Invite

Bury Means Business are running an event...

Easter opening hours

Our office will be closed on Friday 19th April ...

Ellie explores career in accounting

This week we have been joined by student Ellie...

Lorraine Kelly wins tax case against HMRC

Lorraine Kelly received a national insurance and income tax bill...

Raising awareness for charity

Our lovely reception clerk Sharon is raising awareness...

Birthday shindig

Thanks to my lovely work team for joining me at my 40th party...

News about MTD in Spring Statement 2019

Although Chancellor Philip Hammond...

Changes if UK leave EU with a no deal

HMRC have published letters to 135,000 UK businesses...

HMRC delay tax return penalty letters

HMRC have insisted that "no-one will be unfairly penalised" …..

2019 Northern Business Expo

The Northern Business Exhibition takes place in Manchester...

CITB Roofing Grants and Funding Event

The Construction Industry Training Board are running an event.....

Bogus HMRC phone calls

Two of our clients have recently reported...

Self Assessment deadline for 2018 accounts

The deadline for 2018 online Self Assessment Tax filing is midnight tonight....

Christmas fundraising fun

We held our Office Christmas Jumper day on 14th December...

Christmas party time

It is that time of year again....

Christmas opening times

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, followed by a peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year

Preparing for a No Deal EU Exit

HM Revenue and Customs have published a "Partnership Pack" ….

HMRC to refund child benefit fines for higher earners

Higher earning parents who were fined by HMRC...

The cost of training apprentices will halve

Philip Hammond revealed plans in his Budget.....

Small businesses spared VAT threshold cut

Philip Hammond decided not to cut the threshold ….

Budget 2018 reveals tax cuts

From April next year people will be able to earn ….

IR35 extended to Private Sector

Philip Hammond’s decision to extend the IR35 system......

Are you paying Apprentices the correct rate

Data shows that nearly one fifth of apprentices …..

Business Start-Up Workshops

People Plus have scheduled free business start up workshops....

Macmillan Cancer Support

Following on from our successful coffee and cake morning....

Macmillan coffee morning

Our cake and coffee morning is now in full swing. Please come and join us... #MacmillanCoffeeMorning

Macmillan Worlds biggest coffee morning tomorrow

We will be holding a coffee and cake morning in our office ...

Introducing our newest team member

Introducing our newest team member...

Latest HMRC voicemail scam

We have had a least two clients....

Community Hub appeals for help

The Mosses Community Centre in Bury....

Happy 21st birthday Josh

Yesterday, the Rowlinson Rainbow team celebrated with Josh....

CITB Roadshows

CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) are running conferences

Increase in people taking cash for informing on neighbours

Figures obtained from HMRC show the number of people...

Pension Scams on the increase

Regulators are raising awareness ….

Extra funding to help support disabled employees

The Department of Work and Pensions have announced extra funding...

Normal telehone service has now resumed

Following on from our earlier news post....

Problem with telephone

We are currently experiencing problems with our telephone provider.....

Happy birthday Lynne

The Rowlinson Rainbow & Co team would like to wish...

Freelancers in tax avoidance schemes hit with hefty bill

The Times reports that a total of 20,919 contractors have told HMRC....


Be aware of HMRC scams

Form P11d deadline 6th July 2018

Just a reminder that if you are an employer....

Congratulations Matthew

We are celebrating in the office this week...

Reception and Accounts Clerks required

We have full and part time positions available.....

New DWP Job Search Contract

The Department for Work and Pensions closed the Universal Jobmatch system on 17th June 2018.

Happy birthday Jo P

Congratulations to Jo P who turns 21 (again) today

Bogus Email Scam

HM Revenue and Customs are warning of a new bogus email scam....

Disguised Remuneration Loan Charge

Arrangements that claim to get users out of the 2019 loan charge

GDPR coming into force this month

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will come into force from....

Managed Service Companies and tax avoidance

If your business’s main purpose is to supply labour.....

Important pupdate

Please meet Max Scanlon, the newest addition.....

Raising the profile on deaf education issues

Oscar winning film 'The Silent Child', starring Maisie Sly...

National Minimum Wage increase from 1st April 2018

The National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage will increase from 1st April 2018.

CITB Employer Forums near you

CITB are hosting a series of Employer Forums this March and April. At the events we will be sharing our continued vision for CITB and what these changes mean for the Industry

CITB offer an apprentice adoption grant

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) are showing their support for Carillion apprentices who have been recently displaced.

LITRG Press Release: Taxpayers with a reasonable excuse for late filing urged to contest fines

The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is strongly urging taxpayers who miss...

Self Assessment deadline looming

The deadline for 2017 online Self Assessment Tax filing is midnight on 31.01.2018.

Charity Donation to Save the Children

Thank you to everybody who helped and donated....

Christmas message from Rowlinson Rainbow and Company

What a fantastically festive time we have had in the office over the last week.

Beware disguised remuneration loans

Following on from our news article on 18th August ....

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day

We are all in the festive spirit today as the office is awash with Christmas Jumpers.

Office to close at 4pm today

We will today close one hour early at 16:00 so that we can get ready for our office Christmas party.

Office Christmas opening hours

We wish you a very Merry Christmas, followed by a peaceful, prosperous and Happy New Year.

Today is Small Business Saturday

consumers are being encouraged to shop locally and support their independent businesses. 

Chris becomes a Mo Bro

Our receptionist Lynn's husband Chris has been busy cultivating this wonderful moustache

Autumn 2017 Budget Update

The Autumn 2017 budget was announced on 22nd November 2017.

Paying HMRC: Do not overlook December PAYE payment

Any electronic payment for the tax period ended 5th December 2017...

The Pensions Regulator: New employer workplace pension duties

Every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a workplace pension

Positive Client Feedback

It is always lovely to feel appreciated.....

Armistice Day 2017

This weekend is Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday

Changes to Paying HMRC

Important Information about Changes to Paying HMRC

Beware bogus HMRC text messages

Beware of bogus text messages from HMRC.

Pensions dashboard to be taken forward by DWP

The Pension Minister and the Department of Work and Pensions have confirmed that the pensions dashboard will be taken forward ...

Paying HMRC at the Post Office to be withdrawn

HMRC have confirmed that from 15th December 2017 taxpayers will not be able to make payments for outstanding tax bills at any Post Office via cheque, cash or card. 

Power cut update

We have been unable to source a suitable generator in time and so please use the emergency contacts below:

Reminder of potential power cut

Emergency contact details updated

Paying PAYE to HMRC in October

In October the electronic payment deadline of the 22nd falls on a Sunday.

Advance warning of a power cut

Please check our future news bulletins and social media posts for further updates. 

Happy Birthday Josh

We would like to wish Josh a very happy 20th birthday

2 Step Verification

From September 2017, HMRC will make 2SV a requirement ...

Beware bogus HMRC email

Recently HMRC was made aware of a phishing campaign targeting businesses specifically....

Pension contribution phasing

On 6th April 2018, the total minimum contributions made by employers and employees will increase...

The Queens Awards for Enterprise

Enter your business now to win this prestigious award

Thank you gifts from Rainers netball team

Following on from our recent news article regarding our new sponsorship deal...

Supreme court ruling in favour of HMRC

HMRC is clamping down on tax avoidance schemes.

New sponsorship deal for Rowlinson Rainbow and Company

Rowlinson Rainbow and Company are now the proud sponsors of Rainers netball team

Birthday team night out

Enjoyable work experience week for Jona

Today is the final day of Jona's work experience week at Rowlinson Rainbow & Company

Automatic enrolment updates

Thinking of employing someone for the first time? Do not ignore the workplace pension.

Welcome Jo

We would like to introduce our new team member Jo Cotterill

Tax Free Childcare

The introduction of the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme began on 21st April

Bon Voyage Nicola

The office is full of cakes, flowers and cards this morning as we give Nicola an affectionate send off.

Making Tax Digital update

On 13th July 2017 HMRC announced that the government had listened to concerns

National Minimum and National Living wage reminder

Just a reminder that the hourly minimum wage a worker is entitled to increased from 1st April 2017. 

Apprenticeship Levy

Major reforms to the way apprenticeships are funded and delivered in England are now underway...

GCSEs in England have a new 9 to 1 grading scale

If you use GCSEs to assess people applying for jobs in your business...

Government to refund employment tribunal fees after Supreme Court ruling

Employers may now see an increase in unfair dismissal and other claims now that this fee barrier has been removed.

Happy 50th birthday Lynne

There is excitement in the office this morning

Employers warned not to fall for fake exemption certificate scam

July is scam awareness month

Katy spends a week in the accounting world

Katy has been "learning the ropes" during her weeks work experience

State Pension age increase from 67 to 68 brought forwards

Those affected are currently between the ages of 39 and 47

Payments on account due 31st July 2017

If your last tax bill was more than £1,000.00

If you have money or assets abroad you could owe tax in the UK

HMRC is getting tougher on those not paying the right amount of tax

Thank you for our kind gifts

We had a lovely surprise in the office on Friday

How to recognise HMRC scam emails and texts

HMRC will never use texts or emails to tell you about a rebate or penalty

Cycle to work day is back for 2017

Join us on Wednesday 13th September and celebrate the cyclists in your organisation.

Happy Birthday Maureen

We would like to wish our cleaner Maureen a very happy birthday.

Work shadow placement Mia enjoys observing team payroll

Last Wednesday we were thrilled to be joined by year 9 pupil Mia for a work shadow placement day in our payroll department.

New Money Laundering Regulations became law on 26 June 2017

In short, the new regulations provide ...

Form P11D and P11D(b) deadline 6th July 2017

For employers who need to report expenses and benefits for 2016/17

The phones are now back on and working.

We are currently experiencing problems with our phones

If urgent, please email info@rowlinsonrainbow.co.uk

Thank you Catie for all of your hard work

This week we have been joined by Catie on work experience from Thornleigh Salesian College.

New Legislation to replace the Data Protection Act from 25th May 2018

The government has confirmed the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented regardless of Brexit.

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